VACAVILLE — The football season’s been over for two months for Vacaville High, but not for Jacob Te’o.
The Bulldogs senior heads south Wednesday night for two days of practice before playing in the third annual Polynesian All-American Bowl at La Mirada High on Saturday at 1 p.m.
A little over two weeks ago, Te’o, who played halfback and free safety in helping Vacaville win its fourth straight Monticello Empire League title, had a starring role in the inaugural Warrior Bowl at College of San Mateo.
In that game he took a screen pass 65 yards for a touchdown and also had an 8-yard TD dash.
“It was a great opportunity to show what I got,” Te’o said.”Anything I have I’m going to take it and do what I can. It felt good just to be back on the field again.”
This week he’s taking the same approach.
“That’s just another huge opportunity as well to show any (college) scouts that may be coming out, show them what I’m capable of at the next level,” he said.
Te’o wouldn’t say who he’s being recruited by, but “definitely” wants to play at the Division I level.
“I’m doing everything it takes right now as far as training to go there,” he said. “Hopefully, there will be a lot of scouts at this All-American game. I believe I can do it.”
Te’o made his biggest impact on defense for Vacaville, leading the Bulldogs with 69 solo and 87 total tackles. He also ran for 506 yards, including 133 against eventual Sac-Joaquin Section Division I and CIF Bowl champion Granite Bay.
As for the next level? “Growing up I’ve always been a defensive player, I fell in love with it,” he said. “As I came out for high school, I definitely liked running the ball, (playing) running back.”
Te’o took away a lot more than football from his experience in the Warrior Bowl. His teammates became like brothers.
“It felt like we’re all family, you get to talk to kids your age,” he said. “You get to tell them how you feel about the game, they’ll tell you have they feel. You get to play with dudes you never played with before. It’s fun, I really liked it.”
Te’o, whose father is from American Samoa, is again looking forward being around other players of Polynesian heritage.
“I really like it. It’s cool to hear stories, it just seems fun to me,” he said. “We’re all like on the same page, cracking jokes, I think it’s cool.”
Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pfarmerdr.